From the page: "President Bush got a lesson from a group of recent high school graduates. They were Presidential Scholars, a program designed
to recognize and provide leadership development experiences for some of America's most outstanding graduating high-school seniors."
The 141 Presidential Scholars were being honored at the White House. One of them, Mari Oye, from Wellesley, Mass., describes what happened: 窶oeThe president walked in and gave us a short speech saying that as we went on into our careers, it was important to treat others as we would like to be treated. And he told us that we would have to make choices we would be able to live with for the rest of our lives. And so, I said to the president, "Several of us made a choice, and we would like you to have this," and handed him the letter. It was a letter Mari had handwritten. It read:
窶oeAs members of the Presidential Scholars class of 2007, we have been told that we represent the best and brightest of our nation. Therefore, we believe we have a responsibility to voice our convictions. We do not want America to represent torture. We urge you to do all in your power to stop violations of the human rights of detainees, to cease illegal renditions and to apply the Geneva Convention to all detainees, including those designated enemy combatants."